Lithuania, population 3.5 million, is located in Eastern Europe.

In October 2007, the Ministry of Social Security and Labour drafted the fourth Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) report, which concluded that women’s anti-discrimination policies have been successfully implemented in Lithuania, that the progress on improving women’s situation has been the highest during previous years and that Lithuania has reached the goals of Lisbon strategy. The report suggests that women in Lithuania occupy high ranks in governmental and business sector, that elderly and young women’s employment increased and that problems of trafficking and domestic violence were successfully resolved.

Regardless of the important policy documents adopted by the government of Lithuania, the general climate in Lithuania after EU membership indicates tendencies toward intolerance and discrimination towards vulnerable groups of society, such as the gay population.

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